I got a call last Thursday from my buddy Dave about the Traverse City to Denver Mileage Run opportunity that was posted on Flyertalk. I was sitting in a restaurant on Hilton Head when I got the call. The amazing low fare only lasted about two hours but I loaded up with 4 mileage runs at the low, low price of $110 and $70 round trip all in. The routing was through San Francisco. In my research, my cost per Elite Qualifying Mile was all of 1.66 cents or 1.01 cents per mile.
Calculation as follows: TVC-ORD=500 miles minimum with my elite status.
Total one way is 3,313 miles or 6,626 round trip.
At a cost of $110 all in round trip the calculation is $110 divided by 6626 EQM or 1.66 cents per EQM or only 1.01 cents if you got a $70 price.
My point is this: Playing this game the most effectively requires a group effort. I have still be eating chicken wings and tacos if Dave hadn’t called me. These offers happen in a hurry and disappear in a hurry.
Are you working on developing a network of like minded friends?
Oh by the way. Thanks again Dave for the heads up. I’ll make 1k again real easy now.
Read The Rules, the Terms and Conditions
If I never post another piece of advice again that you listen too, so be it. But this one is a
“Must Do” for all of us.
I can’t tell you how many emails I got in the last several weeks asking me questions about the terms and conditions of the Amex Premier Rewards card promotion and the United 50 K credit card promo.
Here is a few samples:
” I have an SPG card. Will I still qualify for the Premier Rewards card sign up bonus?”
The rules said you would not get the sign up bonus if you were an existing charge card holder. The SPG card is a credit card, not a charge card. Read the rules.
” I had a United MP Visa card 5 years ago Will I get the bonus?”
The rules said if you have had the card before you will not get the bonus. It was for first time card holders only. Read the rules
I print them out if I can. (tough with the UA promo as it was phone only). My folder is full of terms and conditions attached to the announcement of each promo. I add the date I applied, registered, got the card, used the card and I staple the receipt from my first time use. I try not to swear on the blog, but COVER YOUR ASS with the proper documentation.
These card offers are not big risks. If you missed a rule, you’ll do better next time. It costs your credit score 2-5 points, no big loss.
But imagine if you missed a rule or regulation on the US Airways 5 Member Promo and had spent hundreds or maybe thousands of dollars buying TrackIt or TrackBack memberships and misread the rules. That hurts to throw $$$$ the window because you didn’t do your homework.
Or maybe the rules were unclear to you? Then you know the risks involved in proceeding. And you always proceed at your own risk.
So follow the suggestion and read the rules. And help one another out by asking your questions in the comments section of the blog and, if you KNOW the answer, comment back with what you know about the rules. Keep one another honest and educated. We will all win in the long run.
Now, stepping off soapbox. I’m afraid of heights.
Delta and Amex Offer 100% Bonus Miles on Purchase
If you purchase Delta miles with your Amex card, you’ll receive a 100% bonus. The cap is 60,000 miles.
This is a top off deal at best for me. I don’t accumulate DL miles at a cost greater than 1 cent per mile and prefer even less than that due to their convuluted award routings and lack of low tier availability.
Yes, I might have an issue with DL.
Go the the Delta Website for more details
Citi Prestige® Card
- Annual Fee: $450 fee
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Bank
The increase to 50,000 ThankYou points for the Citi Prestige card may be a signal that Citi wants back in the game, big time. The sign-up bonus has just been increased to 50K points from the previous 30K offer. An added benefit is a $250 annual air travel credit each calendar year -- so, if you sign up in April, you'll receive the credit this year, and again in January of next year -- which more than covers the $450 first year fee. When you add in lounge access for you and up to two of your guests, you’ve added another $400+ in value. One more benefit worth mentioning is the fourth night free for any four-night hotel stay booked through Wagonlit Travel. And lastly is the $100 statement credit when you sign up for Global Entry and pay for it using the Prestige card. Don’t forget the ever-growing number of airline transfer partners that work with the ThankYou points program.
- $250 Air Travel Credit each year
- Complimentary 4th Night for any hotel stay
- Earn 50,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after $3,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open.
- Points are redeemable for an $800 flight on American Airlines or US Airways®, a $665 flight on any other airline or $500 in gift cards.
- Transfer points to a variety of travel loyalty programs from airlines to hotels.
- Earn 3x points on Air Travel and Hotels
- Earn 2x points on Dining at Restaurants and Entertainment
- 1 ThankYou® Point per $1 spent on other purchases